Centerstage - Chicago's Original City Guide

Virtual L ®

Chicago Dining
By Style
Restaurants A-Z
Dining Guides
User Reviews
Find an error?
Are you the owner?
Tell Us Here

CRUMB and FestFile is Centerstage Chicago's Weekly E-Newsletter.
Enter your email to get
our weekly newsletter:


View Map1621 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Tel: (847) 491-1621
View Website
Details Find What Else Is Nearby Kafein User Reviews

Editorial Review of Kafein

Kafein is the stereotypical college town coffee shop, replete with an offbeat vibe, random artwork and enough outlets to accommodate each and every laptop-toting customer. The menu, however, is refreshingly far from stereotypical, with selections as foreign as the Aztec mocha (dark Mexican cocoa, vanilla, spices and two shots of espresso, $3.45) and creative as the funky monkey latte (with banana and caramel, $3.95). A small selection of salads and sandwiches are also available, with about a half-dozen low-fat and vegetarian options.

Although oodles of items on Kafein's dessert menu will immediately add on a few extra pounds, Kafein offers a surprisingly wide variety of guilt-free goodies. The tastiest are the milkshakes, which, in addition to the normal vanilla and chocolate, come in flavors such as cappuccino, chai and white mocha ($3.55-3.95, fat-free yogurt 25 cents extra). If you're not counting calories, the big ass cookie sundae ($4.75) is enough gooey cookie and ice cream to last you weeks. Open super-late, Kafein is a popular stop for late-night study sessions.

The spot also recently added an outdoor patio for added seating (overlooking a swimming pool!). On Monday nights, sign up for the open mic (8:30-10:30 p.m.); registration begins at 8 p.m.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Laura Brown

User Reviews

Read other people's reviews and post your own opinion about Kafein too!


11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Directions to Kafein

Our directions are included with our maps of Kafein

chicago, metromix